Next winter, the boyish look seems to be the most appropriate, but in a rather retro spirit of the 40s or 50s, with a business suit and overlays. Considering certain collection such as those of Ralph Lauren and Alberta Ferreti, we could notice the return of thin stripes on a dark wool black or brown suit. Something many people would not expect to see on the catwalks, these classical suits have a very elegant and modern look.
If the retro trend inspired by the 70s very present during last winter was less visible on the runways, the repetitive geometric patterns took over with Kenzo and Prada, to bring a touch of color and optical illusions into a total look. However, if geometric patterns can also cover only one piece with Jonathan Saunders, another big trend for the winter is to go for a unique pattern repeated all over within an outfit: dress, skirt and jacket, or suit. Whether flowers or regressive, the idea is to play on the matching pieces in order to create very strong, but smooth and harmonious look.
Fire dragons, lotus flowers, peonies or hibiscus, gold lilies, hanjis calligraphy prints on silk and other Chinese inspiration patterns are mixed on dressed, kimonos and shirts. Originating from India and Pakistan, paisley prints is no longer a vintage pattern whose use is limited to interior design. Now they are adorning stylish suits, the preppy jackets and dresses, ignoring all the conventions and playing with forms and combinations. Often colored, sometimes minimalist, paisley patterns are never dull. Moreover, although classic, they are able to create a modern look, as the creative minds of Etro have proven it when adorning the upper part of a black and white suit by two paisley traditional patterns applied on transparent black veil.